- The list below includes 175 free or cheap things to do in or near Santa Cruz, California, including 101 different types of inexpensive activities like Beaches, Movie Theaters, Fishing and Walking Trails.
- From West Cliff Drive to Wilder Ranch State Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Santa Cruz and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Cupertino, Capitola, Aptos and Saratoga.
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Corner of Mission Blvd & D Street, Hayward, CA 94541 MoreLess Info
Hayward Rotary Playground is a fenced in park that provides an array of playground equipment that includes amenities such as swings, sides, a bouncy area, rock climbing wall all on rubber turf.
Guests can enjoy a haunted theme park with 6 haunted attractions at Pirates of Emerson. The attractions consist of haunted mazes and houses, and the park also offers special events and other nightly entertainment.
A movie theater featuring 12 auditoriums, Century at Hayward displays first-run feature films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater offers stadium seating, reserved seats and a lobby cafe with food and drinks.
The Five Canyons Park contains several loop trails for those who wish to go hiking and biking. Those who wish to go wildlife viewing or are seeking photo opportunities may also enjoy the site's scenic area.
Located along regions of San Pedro Creek is San Pedro Valley Park. Hiking trails wind through the scenic park, offering stunning views of the Santa Crus Mountains. Other features include BBQ's, picnic areas, a visitors center and a nearby waterfall.
Guests can interact with wildlife and participate in a variety of educational programs at the Sulphur Creek Nature Center. The center also provides wildlife rehabilitation services and hosts birthday parties.
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22380 Foothill Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541 MoreLess Info
At HAHS Center for History & Culture, visitors can browse a museum dedicated to documenting the regional culture and history. The center features an exhibit that depicts the stories of local residents with artifacts and photographs.
Frontierland Park is a community park that contains barbecue areas, horseshoe pits, a playground, and picnic tables. The park has a large picnic area that can be reserved for corporate outings, birthday parties, or church events.